Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cirque Bouglione


There is a permanent circus in Paris. It's called Le cirque Bouglione - Bouglione is a famous family that runs several circuses in France - and it's located in Le cirque d'hiver (winter circus) a place that was originally built in 1852 (read the whole history here). They just started a brand new show, so the place is crowded. Who said the circus is dead?! Check their web site and pay them a visit, it's really worth it ;)

27 comments:

  1. I saw the old cirque hiver. am I first?

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  2. It was closed for a while, right?

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  3. Eric
    I bet you are glad you don't have to pay for all the extra bandwith that your site needs at this time of the night!

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  4. lol ! Well done Phx i love the way you couldn't wait to post the second half of your comment before clicking it ! he he. I was stuck in the car again.

    Lovely topsy-turvey photo, quite suitable for the circus, Eric. We hardly see them in the UK now.

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  5. I walked by that place a dozen times when we stayed at a hotel in the 11th on rue Rampon.

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  6. Phx I had a feeling it would be you tonight, you were too determined!
    I got out of my spanish class a little later today, so I was out of the competition.

    I never heard of this circus, seems fun. I'll check their website. Cute picture!

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  7. I enjoyed reading the link about this cirque. Do people protest about cruelty to animals at your circuses? Last year, I went to the circus here in Los Angeles and there were a lot of protesters outside.

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  8. Wow. To think that the circus we can see in Seurat's painting is still in existence much as it has been for 155 years. Makes me feel like getting out my Guy de Maupassant top hat and cloak and giving it a gander.

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  9. "Do people protest about cruelty to animals at your circuses?"

    Yes, usually outside the Assemblée Nationale.

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  10. Eric, how did you get that truck to pose for you? Your photo is much more colorful and pretty than the one on Wikipedia. Thanks also for the links.

    Thank you for the link to the painting, Tall Gary. My husband and I stood at that painting and took it in for a long time when we were at the Musee D'Orsay in '06. I hadn't made the connection to the Cirque. 155 years in that building. That's something I love to think about.

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  11. I think Carol Reed's 1956 movie TRAPEZE, staring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, was partly shot in le Cirque d'Hiver

    It is such a lovely place!
    Do you know you can rent it to throw your own party?

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  12. If yesterday was a very girly post maybe today is a more "boy" one, with such a rutilant truck! Wow!
    It is surely definitely a post for children and ... their parents or friends who would like to make them a great surprise! Circus is always loved by children (anyway mine love it!).
    Two weeks of school vacation are coming at the end of this week in Paris. So quick after the last ones at the end of december... I am never used to that! Next week, I will be in the Alpes and hope the sky will be as blue as it is on this photo. If it is not, I will miss Paris a lot. Luckily, I will be able to keep in touch, with PDP, thanks to Eric. Thx so much!

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  13. Lili thanks for the tip about the movie TRAPEZE. I´m going to look for it. I love old movies!

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  14. Merci, Eric! I was there winter before last and it was amazing! So warm so intimate - and a Circus with beautiful chandeliers hanging elegantly from the ceiling! Thank you, too, Tall Gary for the link to Seurat's painting! Can't wait to return!

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  15. Ma favorite was Le Cirque Médrano! But ah these were other times...

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  16. Great photos and descriptions. Thanks so much for providing this virtual trip to Paris for us! Bises de Californie.

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  17. I really love the fact that there is a permanent circus BUILDING extant in the world. In the U.S., circuses perform in hockey arenas. Cirque du Soleil often puts up its own tent, however.

    Great color, lovely photo. (So there, phx.)

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  18. LOL, Jeff.
    And I never thought about American circuses being impermanent esp. having walked by Cirque d'hiver thru the years.
    One night in NYC I heard this huge roar from a crowd outside my window that woke me up from a jetlagged sleep. When I got to the window I saw elephants walking on 34th street. Since I wasn't fully awakened yet, i just wasn't sure where I was,or if I was dreaming. Then the zebras started with the horses and camels AND CLOWNS...and then it sunk in that I was watching thr Ringling Brothers circus coming to town thru the midtown tunnel.

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  19. Such a colorful and inviting photo! Oh my, I really would love to see the circus here someday. "So warm so intimate - and a Circus with beautiful chandeliers hanging elegantly from the ceiling!" and inspired Seurat too. Wow!

    Jeff, so true about the arenas and tent venue, plenty of memories of "those" circus experiences. But, this building is just lovely.

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  20. We just saw Kooza and the entire time we were kicking ourselves that we did not go see Le Cirque Bouglione as our apartment during our last visit was a block away. We walked by every night for two and half weeks and never went - guess we were more interested in just relaxing and being in amour. (did I say that right?)

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  21. Hi Friend

    Very nice photography

    Great work!

    cheers
    Rajesh

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